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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i Bishop's Forum -- Ronald C. Baumgart: A sign of hope There is a vacant office at the Catholic Center. It is not it is empty. The office is empty because who enlivened it is no us. Oh, yes, his desk there. His name, Ronald C. emblazoned in bronze absence. The computer, s tool of the trade, has an face. The room is The light gathered from doors reflects from the pol- desk, now uncluttered and A simple bouquet of adorns it in memory of one who found joy there -- pain -- and success, even though he wasn't sure of it. Roa Baumgart was the first layman to hold official ecclesiastical position of Diocesan Fi- according to Canon Law follow- revision in 1983. He grew into the role Wore it well. He is a tribute to all our fine Y en and women who serve our diocese. He very high standard of commitment to e Church. Although such a state- have embarrassed him, he knew he One who loved the Church, the people he He shared his best for us. His commit- et to Church rivaled that for his was only by e and family. to :The greatest struggle for Ron in his service 0c ae Church was giving up some of his time Weekends for diocesan meetings. It took " i00tt , .j ers i" ! Ued from page 4 tt Jerome W. Schneider i" Jasper ljtor's note: Various pub-  r raay have different page ; [i:q3!ti:/n:i!t: w JP:'::: i c uel.. of the_ Text, from the e: : Po c Constitutio n Fidei turn, signed by Pope : =ul II, Oct. 11, 1992. It , ' ed as an introduction to 5 Homes il Four 'nVen ent Locations ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER him away from his family. Although he never complained about it, he missed sharing those special moments with his wife Cheryl, his sons Kevin, Craig and Keith -- and the extended family that looked so often to him for his company. He truly loved family life and was not afraid to cele- brate it with joy. Ron loved our Catholic schools. He worked especially hard to assist our Catholic Inter- parochial Boards of Education in budgeting and reporting. Untold hours were provided as a service to the Evansville Interparochial High Schools along with Interparochial High Schools in Vincennes and Washington. He al- ways had time for the principals who called for assistance. His work for the most part was in- visible to the public. He served with expertise and patience. We at the Catholic Center will miss him very much for we shared daily life with him. Although he was a person who did not draw at- tention to himself, he was a proud team competi- tor. We already experience the silence of his hearty laughter and miss the sight of his impish half-grin. He was one who could break the ten- sion of a difficult moment with the simple quip: "Are we having fun yet?" Last week all the bishops of the United States gathered in San Diego for a full week to be uplifted and inspired. The theme of the meet- ing was "Shepherding a Future of Hope." Throughout the week, in talk after talk, we were reminded of all the signs of hope that are present in our Church even today, despite all the signs to the contrary. I was truly being inspired and re- assured. The convocation on "hope" was to con- clude on Tuesday afternoon and to be celebrated with a banquet in the evening. I received the tragic news of Ron's untimely and sudden death that same Tuesday morning. I- had to assess how such news could be a sign of hope. I came to the certain conclusion that de- spite his immeasurable loss to me, personally, and to the diocese, even in death, Ron remains an unmistakable sign of that hope for our Church today and into the third millennium. In the same spirit that Ron lived, as we struggle with the loss of his talent and physical presence in our midst, he remairis an enormous sign of hope for those of us at the Catholic Cen- ter. As he shouldered the daily burdens of Church administration and service to others he teaches us how to do it cheerfully. With his inspi- ration we will continue to be true to that spirit. There are untold others serving in parishes within our diocese with the same generous drive and energy. They love the Church and serve it admirably. Yes, Ron and all his co-workers are shining beacons of hope for our Church. Yet, in our pain and emptiness we must pay attention to the challenge given by Jesus Him- self when facing the death of a loved one: "Fear is useless, it is trust that is needed." the new catechism. The context of the quotation follows: "Therefore, I ask all the Church's Pastors and the Christian faithful to receive this catechism in a spirit of communion and to use it assid- uously in fulfilling their mis- sion of proclaiming the faith and calling people to the Gospel life. This catechism is given to them that it may be a sure and authentic reference text for teaching Catholic doc- ZIEMER-SHEARS" EAST CHAPEL 800 S. HEBRON AVE. trine and particularly for preparing local catechisms. It is also offered to all the faithful who wish to deepen their knowledge of the unfathomable riches of salvation (cf. Eph 3:8). It is meant to support ecu- menical efforts that are moved by the holy desire for the unity of all Christians, showin care- fully the content and wondrous harmony of the Catholic faith. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, lastly, is offered to every individual who asks us to give an account of the hope that is in us (cf. 1 Pet 3:15) and who wants to know what the Catholic Church believes. "The catechism is not in- tended to replace the local cai- echisms duly approved by the ecclesiastical authorities, the diocesan Bishops and the Epis- copal Conferences, especially if they have been approved by the Holy See. It is meant to en- courage and assist in the writ- ing of new l)cal catechisms. which take into account vari- Concern for our souls To the editor: "Who is watching out for your soul?" Today all you hear about is how environmentalists are scrutinizing over the amount of chemicals and pesticides farm- ers may spread on their land as well as the survival of the spotted owl in our forests. Also the President wants to build more jails and put another 100,000 policemen on the streets, which will cost billions of dollars to us, the taxpayers. I believe it is time that we ex- amine the reason whey we need more policemen and jails is it because we have too much exposure to indecent and immoral programs televised into our homes??! If you have an abscess in your body and it is destroying you, what would you normally do? Build more ous situations and cultures, hospitals, or cut out the ab- pl|Tl#'%kl AqlAIIAI/ while carefully preserving the scess which is spreading ! i:J[ VOl/IVlll PtV/tlL/'lk. L-'L- unity of faith and fidelity to throughout your body. ,, 0011[, PI:::IIIqP.I pa, L Catholic doctrine." You may be thinking you i|nl,.,., mm Iiun lvmm n ., l,_,'amdy Catholic School in Jasper, IN, is I -- ! "00:i00h00tng an administrator for their school, a K-8 I 10011311R/3100 0(00I TErV RAI00IiZ : !3|? %1Wi `L ...... I I m I i.',ll,#vs,.# ,v1,,x  s t,,,z I qs i :i,;,u,itl " m zv; smaems. [  MEMBER OLD NATIONAL BANCORP Member FDC ' :|I;LIFICATIONS: Master's Degree, State Prin- [ YOUR FIVE STAR SERVICE BANK irti,.Certification or working toward principalship I , , .,.|*Cation, practicing Catholic, and willing to ac-  - ........ . . .... ! . .-,. - t the challenge of Catholic school leadership. I " ,  ::-on'r'  . :---: - -:- I; send resume, not later than July 30, I . :.... : .  " lil: m, to I: Director of Schools ! : '"'""" "' - ' ..... -:: ..... : ':: :?-::::" .... - -  I|!( Diocese of Evansville I JASPER 4200 N. Kentucky I 121V, I tlW LUMBER CO. iti: p  n_.. ,, ,.,., I I  IF &  III COMPLETE BUILDING !" Eansvil;'lN47724"0169 I I " ... v,c:.,_. , -, , . ... cannot do anything about the programs on television; how- ever, that's where you are wrong. Instead, one should en- courage others not to watch certain programs that condone obscenities, but most of all, don't buy the products of com- panies who sponsor these inap- propriato television programs. Some of these products may get your wash clean but the program they sponsor will stain your soul: We have a right and a responsibility as citizens to stand up and be rec- ognized for what we helieve is morally right. One effective ap- proach is to write or contact our local congressman and sen- ators to voice our opinions and be heard. We also have every right to ask how our congress- men/senators are voting on some very important issues, especially moral issues. Our country can be a better place for us and our children to live if we make better use of our time. So let's not only be concerned about what is affect- ing our environment but also what is happening to our souls and our children's souls. Per- haps reading a good book, helping others in need, volun- teering our time in the commu- nity, etc., to replace some time spent in front of the television would be of more value to us and to our God. who ultimately we must satisfy in the end. Bernard J. Schmitt St. Wendel FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE RSCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLqLLE, IN 389-2418